Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, Monday, November 2, 2020

Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, Monday, November 2, 2020
Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, Monday, November 2, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Pearsall Park 10k in San Antonio, Texas, and a Shed - Saturday, November 21, 2020

All the stars aligned correctly today, the weather cooperated nicely, and this is the first time I've walked Pearsall Park. My BFF Susan Medlin was nowhere to be found. She has been off gallivanting across the U.S. as much as we have lately! We saw each other for one day in between our last trips. 

When you do a Volksmarch, you never walk completely alone. Along the way, you run into long-time friends and exchange hellos. That was the case today. 

This walk is a mix of open hillsides, Texas scrub forest, Lackland Air Force Base/ JBSA and park views, and hilly and flat terrain--more of the former than the latter. A portion of the Leon Creek Greenway Trail passes through the park. The park has an adventure course (think American-Ninja-Warrior style), basketball courts, soccer fields, skateboard park, a disk golf course, miles of trails, multiple playgrounds, a dog park, and a splash pad play area for kids that is amazing. (However, the splash pad is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.)

Today's 10k walk was a combination of two 5ks. First, you walk the trail in one direction for 5k. Then you reverse course and do the 5k in the opposite direction. That way we got to see all the walkers more than once as we passed. 

Pearsall Park Trail through the woods.

Part of the adventure course.

Lots of open areas (no shade at all).

Spooky tree in the woods.

The family below and I crossed paths many times. Their little boy had so much energy and a delightful, playful personality. I marveled at him every time we passed.

Volksmarching family.

A spot of fall color
along Leon Creek

The trail went up and up and up at one point. Overall, though, the whole walk was up and down the hills at the park. 

This was a particularly long uphill hike.

Thank you to our checkpoint volunteers!
Happy faces at the top of a long hill.

I don't know who was ahead of me going up these hills, but he kept up a good pace. I couldn't catch him to tell him how impressed I was.

He was bookin' it up these hills.

Lackland Air Force Base.

Two play structures on top of a hill.

Trail Watch Volunteers from Parks & Rec.

Joe and Susan Noonan, Martin, and ?

The skate park.

Wayne Henry working on 15k.

These ladies zipped up the longest hill!

Serious retaining walls on
Leon Creek Greenway Trail.

More Volksmarchers.

Susan, Joe, and Martin on the
Leon Creek Greenway Trail.

Don't get lost!

This walk was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the ups and downs and felt at the end of it that I really got my exercise in for the day. Thank you, Randolph Roadrunners, for keeping the walks interesting.

In other news, Bob and I got a shed from Costco to put behind our single wide manufactured home (assembly required). We have help from neighbors in the park who know what they're doing and already have the base leveled and the floor down. Wow! Thank you to Dennis and Tom. They make this thing look easy. Here are photos of the first 24 hours.

Bob unpacked and laid out all the pieces.

This morning Bob organized everything so it was ready for Dennis and Tom. They had Bob put in all the flooring screws.

The building crew.

Parts and pieces all lined up.

More parts and pieces.

This is very exciting. Thank you, Dennis and Tom. Also, thank you, Norma, for the breakfast tacos. Mmm! I'm going to bake something good tomorrow!

That's it for today. Have a wonderful weekend everybody.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Birthday Love - Friday, November 20, 2020

This morning, I exited home to a very pretty, watercolor-paintbrush-stroke sky. 

Since we returned from our Florida trip on Wednesday, Bob and I have been busy unpacking the 5th wheel for 1-1/2 days. Once our stuff is out, I do a thorough cleaning of the 5th wheel so it is ready to go for our next trip. (In this case, in 10 days!) 

Bob is back to work with his clients and today is the day I need to run errands. After we put the 5th wheel in storage, I took off at 10:00 a.m. to Walmart, Costco, the gas station, and the liquor store. When I finished all my running around, it was 2:00 p.m. I went home exhausted and took a two-hour nap. We're going out to dinner at P.F. Chang's for my birthday and I want to be rested.

Dinner was wonderful and I got a free dessert. Molten lava cake! Mmm.

Molten Lava Cake for
dessert at P.F. Chang's.

Bob had more plans for us. First, we had to give Sunnie his insulin, and then we could spend as long as we liked doing whatever he had planned. On my birthday card envelope there was a hint, something about "playing a round." We always try to guess what the surprise will be. I said, "Well, the only thing I can think of is golf. Are we going to play miniature golf?"

I guessed right, but we were going to play indoor neon miniature golf at Cosmic Mayhem in San Antonio. When we arrived, there was only one other couple playing mini-golf. We got our drinks at the bar and took them with us while we played golf. It was really fun. After my initial hole, where it took seven hits to make it in, I did so much better! We had a great time.

After mini-golf, we played old-fashioned arcade games like Qbert, Tetris, and a classic car-chase machine where you sit in the driver's seat. I loved the car chase game! What a hoot. Most of the arcade games were free, some were a quarter. 

It was a wonderful birthday celebration with my love. Thank you, honey!